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Former NYPD diver files race bias lawsuit

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A former New York Police Depart­­ment officer of mixed-race ancestry is accusing the department of tolerating racial bias, alleging that co-workers on the NYPD’s elite scuba diving team harassed him.

The retired officer claims co-workers taunted him and expressed disbelief that a black man could swim. The former police diver, who surfs in his spare time, also alleges that co-workers referred to him as a transsexual because he paints his toenails. Painted toenails are common in the surfer subculture.

He claims the abuse came from both co-workers and supervisors. His suit seeks more than $2 million.

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